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Council announces advisory group for guidelines review

View of road and shops in historic Maldon

Wednesday 31 October 2018

Mount Alexander Shire Council has selected five community members to join a project advisory group to assist with a review of the Maldon Design Guidelines.

“The advisory group will provide input into a review and improvement of the guidelines which aim to maintain the heritage significance of Maldon and promote good design for new development,” said Lisa Merkesteyn, Heritage and Urban Design Officer.

“The local community hold valuable knowledge and a keen interest in the future of Maldon. After receiving many excellent submissions, we have put together a group whose role is to bring a diversity of skills and experience to the review process.

“There will be additional opportunities for the broader community to have input into the draft guidelines throughout the process,” she said.

Members include local builder Steven Cox, event manager and history enthusiast Janet Purcell, local architect Helena Harry, cultural heritage and tourism advocate Jan Warracke, and historian and heritage consultant Robyn Ballinger.

They will join key council staff providing expert advice in the group. Tarrengower Ward Councillor Stephen Gardener will chair the group.

“I was really impressed with the submissions and am looking forward to getting started,” said Cr Gardner.

“We would like to thank all the people who took the time to apply and encourage them to stay in touch during the community consultation process.”

The first advisory group meeting is planned for early November. It will aim to cover the current status of the guidelines and local planning scheme, discuss any flaws or issues that need to be addressed and the desired outcomes for the review.

The expert advisory group has been put together to provide feedback to council. If you have any comments or queries about the project please contact Council on 5471 1700 or via info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

Image: Historic Maldon.

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